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ACMS to hold mass Shramik Gorjon over delay in wage hike

By STAFF CORRESPONDENT

DIBRUGARH, Dec 29 - The delay in determining the minimum wage for the tea garden workers could cost the BJP-led Assam government dearly as the influential trade union � Assam Chah Mazdoor Sangha (ACMS) in collaboration with other like-minded organizations, has decided to hold massive protest rallies in four separate locations of the poll-bound State to show their resentment.

The protest rally named as Shramik Gorjon (Workers� Wail) will be organized in Dibrugarh, Jorhat and Biswanath Chariali. The rally in Dibrugarh has been fixed for January 18 while the rallies in Biswanath Chariali and Jorhat have been scheduled on January 21 and 28 respectively.

�In each of the venues, we are planning to assemble more than one lakh people. We are going to stage protest against the State government�s failure to revise the tea garden workers� daily minimum wage. We will be raising our demand for a just and dignified wage for the tea garden workers. After the three rallies, we will be organizing a mass �Dispur Chalo� programme for the first time on February 8,� ACMS president and former Union Minister Paban Singh Ghatowar while announcing its agitational programmes told newsmen here today.

Ghatowar said BJP is deliberately depriving the workers of their legitimate wages. �BJP had declared in their last election manifesto that they would ensure Rs 350 as daily wage for the tea garden workers if voted to power. Moreover in 2018, the Minimum Wage Advisory Committee chaired by the then Labour Minister Pallab Lochan Das had proposed a wage of Rs 351.33 for the tea garden workers. But why BJP is reluctant to revise the daily minimum wage that expired in 2017, is a mystery. If the proposed hike is calculated for approximately eight lakh tea garden workers, the work force has lost over Rs 13,000 crores in the last three years. Moreover, the tea garden workers altogether have also lost additional about Rs 124 crores interim relief for the deprived months in 2018,� said Ghatowar.

On the delay and reluctance of the BJP- led government, Ghatowar said there could be some internal understanding between the BJP and the tea industry. �The government has nothing to lose because they are not going to bear the hiked amount from their exchequer. The State government only needs to issue the final notification and the tea industry will bear the increased amount in the wage. Their reluctance in this regard is only compelling us to suspect some tacit understanding with the planters,� said the former Union Minister.

The Assam Chah Mazdoor Sangha has also extended its support to the protesting farmers in Delhi. �We endorse the ongoing Kishan Andolan in Delhi and demand that the three newly-enacted farm laws be repealed,� said Ghatowar. While addressing newsmen at ACMS head office here, Ghatowar was flanked by its secretary Rupesh Goalla and vice president Nabin Keot.

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ACMS to hold mass Shramik Gorjon over delay in wage hike

DIBRUGARH, Dec 29 - The delay in determining the minimum wage for the tea garden workers could cost the BJP-led Assam government dearly as the influential trade union � Assam Chah Mazdoor Sangha (ACMS) in collaboration with other like-minded organizations, has decided to hold massive protest rallies in four separate locations of the poll-bound State to show their resentment.

The protest rally named as Shramik Gorjon (Workers� Wail) will be organized in Dibrugarh, Jorhat and Biswanath Chariali. The rally in Dibrugarh has been fixed for January 18 while the rallies in Biswanath Chariali and Jorhat have been scheduled on January 21 and 28 respectively.

�In each of the venues, we are planning to assemble more than one lakh people. We are going to stage protest against the State government�s failure to revise the tea garden workers� daily minimum wage. We will be raising our demand for a just and dignified wage for the tea garden workers. After the three rallies, we will be organizing a mass �Dispur Chalo� programme for the first time on February 8,� ACMS president and former Union Minister Paban Singh Ghatowar while announcing its agitational programmes told newsmen here today.

Ghatowar said BJP is deliberately depriving the workers of their legitimate wages. �BJP had declared in their last election manifesto that they would ensure Rs 350 as daily wage for the tea garden workers if voted to power. Moreover in 2018, the Minimum Wage Advisory Committee chaired by the then Labour Minister Pallab Lochan Das had proposed a wage of Rs 351.33 for the tea garden workers. But why BJP is reluctant to revise the daily minimum wage that expired in 2017, is a mystery. If the proposed hike is calculated for approximately eight lakh tea garden workers, the work force has lost over Rs 13,000 crores in the last three years. Moreover, the tea garden workers altogether have also lost additional about Rs 124 crores interim relief for the deprived months in 2018,� said Ghatowar.

On the delay and reluctance of the BJP- led government, Ghatowar said there could be some internal understanding between the BJP and the tea industry. �The government has nothing to lose because they are not going to bear the hiked amount from their exchequer. The State government only needs to issue the final notification and the tea industry will bear the increased amount in the wage. Their reluctance in this regard is only compelling us to suspect some tacit understanding with the planters,� said the former Union Minister.

The Assam Chah Mazdoor Sangha has also extended its support to the protesting farmers in Delhi. �We endorse the ongoing Kishan Andolan in Delhi and demand that the three newly-enacted farm laws be repealed,� said Ghatowar. While addressing newsmen at ACMS head office here, Ghatowar was flanked by its secretary Rupesh Goalla and vice president Nabin Keot.

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